Originally Posted by tru80texan
Newton was in a very tight competition w/ Butler & then eventually secured the job due to injury. In all honesty, even had Butler remained healthy it looked as if Newton was winning the spot & both did look rough in the preseason. That being said, Newton was given the job despite his lack of experience & suspect play. As you mentioned, it took until midseason before they even addressed the issue that seemed to be developing early in the season. Newton's play was suspect from day one & there was no backup plan. That's on Kubiak & Smith imo. The faith in Newton's development did not quite pan out as quickly or as well as they had hoped, but that's what happens when you choose to go into a season w/ only 1 plan after an injury takes place & essentially hand a job over to a 1st time starter. Which is exactly what happened. If it was a true concern then it wouldve been addressed as soon as Butler went down as opposed to waiting until Newton faltered imo.
They signed Harris the next day after the Broncos made their final roster cut.
At the time, Elway said it was a tough cut for them.
Harris has never been the same after injuries, but he was decent enough for the Broncos to resign him for the playoffs last year.